Premier 250 Solaris RF

This pontoon offers serious zip and some of the most comfortable ­seating we’ve experienced.

Premier 250 Solaris RF
Premier 250 Solaris RF
Premier 250 Solaris RF
Premier 250 Solaris RF
Premier 250 Solaris RF
Premier 250 Solaris RF
Premier 250 Solaris RF

The initials “RF” in the 250 Solaris RF’s formal name stand for “rear facing,” which aptly describes the twin backrests on this boat’s aft-lounge arrangement. The seating allows the couches to serve double-duty — either as a conversation pit or as a place for two to kick back and nap or tan. The rear-facing recliners also let passengers keep an eye on any kids getting towed on tubes. The spotter’s chair opposite the helm seat also spins to face aft. It also features a reclining footrest, so at anchor, Dad can go La-Z-Boy.

Our test boat featured the Spirit II Raised Command View helm, which helps the driver scan the water. It also aids while climbing onto plane — although this boat planed in fewer than four seconds with minimal bow rise, and hit 30 mph in a little more than six seconds.

The zippy performance times can be attributed to the optional PTX performance package. A triple-tube technology, PTX works because the centerline tube features a 12-inch planing pad, which pops it onto plane and aids in stability while running. The two outer tubes feature lifting strakes that work in concert with the planing pad to aid efficiency and handling.

This agility makes the 250 Solaris an ideal pontoon for tow sports, in turn making that RF designation so worthwhile. Of course, if you just want to take a crew for a cruise, they’ll have plenty of room to stretch out.